Free Speech Watch: Harvard Fails

Harvard is consistently ranked one of the best universities in the United States. But FIRE frequently finds itself in the odd position of giving this all-star academic school failing grades.

Simply put, Harvard has never performed well in FIRE’s College Free Speech Rankings, finishing below 75% of the schools surveyed in each of the past four years.

In 2020, Harvard ranked 46 out of 55 schools. In 2021, it ranked 130 out of 154 schools. Last year, it ranked 170 out of 203 schools. And this year, Harvard completed its downward spiral in dramatic fashion, coming in dead last with the worst score ever: 0.00 out of a possible 100.00. This earns it the notorious distinction of being the only school ranked this year with an “Abysmal” speech climate.

What’s more, granting Harvard a score of 0.00 is generous. Its actual score is -10.69, more than six standard deviations below the average and more than two standard deviations below the second-to-last school in the rankings, its Ivy League counterpart, the University of Pennsylvania. (Penn obtained an overall score of 11.13.)

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Sean Stevens | “Harvard gets worst score ever in FIRE’s College Free Speech Rankings” | Sept 6th, 2023


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  1. That doesn’t surprise me. The more “liberal” anything becomes, the less liberating it actually is.

  2. I don’t think there’s a lot of hope for Harvard.

    Harvard magazine recently ran an article on the new president of Harvard. She has been dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and has been part and parcel of the anti-free speech policies and actions of the past several years. Her term as president appears to presage more of the same. She has already flubbed her response to the pro-Hamas demonstrations and communications from Harvard student groups.

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